CHESTERFIELD: Pomegranate Theatre is where stars are born

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Britain’s oldest civic theatre is Chesterfield’s Pomegranate Theatre and for 30 years the venue hosted repertory company performances.

Members of the resident repertory company included Margaret Tyzack, John Arnatt, Nigel Davenport and David McCallum.

As a young assistant stage manager, Diana Rigg made her stage debut in The Passing of the Third Floor Back in 1958.

In 2007 Last of the Summer Wine actor Peter Sallis returned to the Pomegranate for the first time since he was a member of the inaugural repertory company in 1949.

Now a play about a repertory theatre not unlike Chesterfield is waiting in the wings.

A Life In The Theatre, by David Mamet, will be presented by Tabs Productions and Middlesborough Theatre at the Pomegranate from July 1 to 3.

The play offers a rare glimpse into the world of actors, a world which inhabits fluffed lines, missed cues and disastrous wardrobe malfunctions.

It examines the relationship between two actors as they rehearse, prepare for, and perform a season of plays. Offstage they seemingly have a cordial relationship, until time passes and it’s obvious that the two are pretending as much off stage as on.

Performances are at 7.30pm and there is a matinee performance on July 3 at 2pm. To book, contact 01246 345222 or www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk